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Dow Medical College is the second oldest medical college in Pakistan and the oldest undergraduate medical institution in the province of Sindh.

In 1881, the Sindh Medical School was established in Hyderabad Sindh, in the premises of the Civil Hospital,  for training of Licentiate Physicians, drawn from the local population, these physicians helped in providing health care to the population.

In 1941, the Indian Medical Council in order to introduce a uniform standard of medical education either abolished or raised many medical schools to the status of a medical college.  After the separation of Sindh from the Bombay Presidency, through the untiring efforts of Dr. Holmsted, the medical school at Hyderabad was upgraded and granted a status of a degree college, the Sindh Medical College, under the University of Bombay, Faculty of Medicine.

In the same year (1941), a committee consisting of  Dr. Hermandas R. Wadhwani, the then Minister of Public Health; Col. J. E. Gray, the then Inspector General of Civil Hospitals; and Mr. Abhichand, the then Executive Engineer was set up to  develop the plans for the Medical College. Major (later Lt. Col. ) Aziz K. M. Khan, continued this project during the absence of Col. Gray. This college was formally inaugurated by Governor of Sindh, Sir Francis Moodie in Hyderabad in 1945. The first batch of the admitted students consisted of forty-five students including one female Muslim student.

The University of Bombay with which this new institution was affiliated, threatened to cancel its temporary recognition in the year 1944, on the recommendation of a three member inspection committee consisting of Dr. Molgonkar, Dr. Yodh and Col. Jalal M. Shah.  This committee found the staffing inadequate, and hospital facilities meagre, and, recommended moving this institution to Karachi, which had become the capital of the new province of Sindh.

The then Government of Sindh therefore made plans for its establishment and transfer to Karachi and the medical college was transferred from Hyderabad to Karachi on December 31, 1945, thus de-recognition was  avoided. It was temporarily housed in the N.J.V. High School building, The foundation stone of a new  college building was laid at this site on December 10, 1945 by Sir Hugh Dow, the then Governor of Sindh.

Dow Medical College , as it was named, started functioning in the new building in the November of 1946. In the December of 1946, Bombay University's team of inspectors recommended to continue its affiliation for the pre-clinical years and a conditional affiliation for the clinical subjects. The Civil Hospital, Karachi was designated as its affiliated hospital.

In 1947, when Pakistan gained its independence, Dow Medical College came under University of Sind's jurisdiction. A new committee was appointed by the University of Sind. It visited the institution on December 22nd, 1947 and recommended full affiliation. With the establishment of a new University of Karachi, Dow Medical College, became affiliated to it, and remains so up to this day.

 

Pakistan Medical and Dental Council gave its recognition to the college in 1953.  In 1955, the General Medical Council of Great Britain accorded its graduates full recognition.

This institution remained under Government of Sindh. until the Central Government took over on July 8, 1951. On March 7, 1962, it came under the jurisdiction of West Pakistan Government. With the dissolution of "One Unit", Sindh. Government assumed its control again on June 30, 1970.

Throughout its existence, Dow Medical College, has constantly been improving facilities for its students. In 1961, College Mosque was built. In 1968 Arag Auditorium was built with the efforts of Surgeon A. Rahim. In 1973, the Main Auditorium, the new medical library and Common Room building were established. The Main Auditorium was later named after Prof. Khawaja Moin. By 1980, the administrative building was complete. Since then, recreational facilities for the students have been added and it boasts of a new Squash Court in addition to areas for basketball, badminton and tennis.

Currently a major project of modernization of the college is in progress. The whole Library system has been renovated with the addition of the latest audio-visual equipments, computers and multimedia learning resources for the medical students. Also there will be Medline search and Internet capabilities available for the students. Its Library also boasts of the Hussein el Gezairy Corner, which is fast becoming a repository of all WHO publications. Furthermore, Dow Medical College Library, welcomes all medical researchers to make free use of its resources.

All basic science departments have been extensively renovated, with the latest laboratory facilities. The Department of Anatomy boasts of one of the best Plastic Museum in the country. All these departments have in them facilities for  under-graduate students as well as postgraduate research. Each department has its own laboratory, tutorial rooms, and a full compliment of faculty members.

Dow Medical College is one of the four medical institutions in the country to be selected to pilot a major change in the existing under-graduate curriculum, and is the sole institution to have successfully field tested this Community Oriented Medical Education program. Currently it has two tertiary care hospitals attached to it, namely Civil Hospital Karachi and Sindh Government Lyari General Hospital Karachi. The combined bed strength of 2200, and a staff of over 235 faculty members, makes it the largest academic medical institution in the country.

Uptill now over 15000 doctors have graduated from this institution. That a large number of our graduates, go on to complete their post-graduation in Pakistan, and /or  after passing the requisite examination, easily get placement in the medical institutions of USA, UK and other developed countries, speak volumes of the quality of education imparted.  Our faculty has also been constantly honored by professional bodies world wide, and they actively participate in national and international professional meetings.

Dow Medical College is the oldest medical college in Sindh and the second oldest in the country, after the king Edward Medical college Lahore. A medical school for licentiate physicians was established at Hyderabad sindh in 1881. In 1941, when India Medical council, ruled that medical schools be raised to the status of collage, imparting training for the MBBS degrees, the Hyderabad Medical School was given the status of the college, under Bombay University.

This was formally inaugurated by sir Francis Moody, Sindh’s First Governor, after its separation from Bombay presidency. The first batch of 45 students included one Muslim female.

This institution was shifted from Hyderabad to Karachi, which had been declared as capital of the province. Temporarily housed in the premises of the NJV high school, it started functioning on December 31st 1945. Earlier, on 10th December 1945, Sir Hugh Dow Governor of sindh laid the foundation stone of the college renamed in this honor in the Civil Hospital Karachi, which was designated as its affiliated hospital in 1947, on the formation of  Pakistan, Dow Medical College was affiliation with the University of sindh. With establishment of the University of Karachi, Dow Medical College has total bed strength of 2200 bed, making it the college with the largest clinical teaching facility in Pakistan. Up till now, over 15000 doctors have graduated from this institution. Majority of the graduates take up post-graduation in Pakistan, or medical institutions abroad including USA, UK, as they easily compete in the examinations. The faculty of this college is honored by the professional bodies world over and they actively participate in most of the national and international seminars and symposia, besides many workshops.

Dow Medical College is one of the four medical institutions in the country to be selected by W.H.O for a major change in the existing under-graduate curriculum that is community Oriented Medical Education (COME) program.

Pakistan Medical and Dental Council in 1953. in 1955, the General  Medical Council of Great Britain   accorded its graduates full recognition.

Dow Medical College is a constitute college of the Dow University of Health Sciences, established on 29th December 2003.

Dow Medical College, has been improving Facilities for the students. In 1961, College Mosque was built. In 1968 Arag Auditorium was constructed with the efforts of surgeon A. Rahim. In 1973 an Auditorium later on named after prof. khawaja Moin was built. New Medical library and common room building were also established. Later on squash court and facilities for other games were also presented.

All the basic science departments have been extensively renovated having tutorial rooms, museum and a well equipped laboratory. The Department of Anatomy has one of the best plastic Museums in the country currently a major project of modernization of the college is in progress. The whole library system has been renovated with the addition of the latest audio-visual equipments, computer and multimedia, besides, a learning resources center for the student . Medline search and internet will also be available for the student. Library also has a Hussein-el-Gezairy Corner, which is a repository of all WHO publications. Furthermore, Dow Medical College Library is open to all medical researchers for free use.

The New Academic Block is under construction. It will provide state of the art lecture halls, tutorial rooms and Learning Center.

Dow Medical College (DMC) is the oldest medical college in Sindh and the second oldest in the country. A medical school for licentiate physicians was established at Hyderabad Sindh in 1881. In 1941 this medical school was given the status of medical college to impart training for MBBS Course. This college was under Bombay University.

This medical college at Hyderabad was inaugurated Sir Francis Moody, first Governor of Sindh and the first batch of forty five students including one muslim female student was admitted.

This college was shifted to Karachi on 10th Dec 1945. The foundation stone of the present premises was laid by Sir Hugh Dow, the then governor of Sindh, hence the college was renamed as ‘Dow Medical College’ in the honour of Governor of Sindh.

In December 2003 after the establishment of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi. Dow Medical College became a constituent institution of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi.

Dow Medical College (DMC) is affiliated with civil hospital and sindh govt. lyari general hospital and has a toal bed strength of 2300, making it the largest clinical teaching hospital in Pakistan.

Over 17,000 doctors have graduated from this institution and most of them are serving within and outside the country, after postgraduation.

Dow Medical College has a highly qualified and experienced faculty who have participated in many national and international conferences, seminars and workshops etc.

World Health Organization (WHO) to include in the undergraduate curriculum.

Since the establishment of Dow University facilities for students and doctors have been improved drastically. The lecture halls, tutorial rooms museum and laboratories are air conditioned, every lecture hall has multimedia and computers. The common room and canteens are fully renovated. There is a round the clock generator facility. New academic block will soon be completed with state of the art lecture halls and tutorial rooms.

All the basic science departments have been extensively renovated having tutorial rooms, museum and well equipped laboratories. The department of anatomy has one of the best plastic museums in the country. Currently major project of modernization of the college is in progress.

Dow Medical College is a constituent college of the Dow University of Health Sciences, established on 29th December 2003.

NEW TEACHING STRATEGIES AND EXTRA CURRICULAR, ACTIVITIES

Gradual but definitive changes are being made in the teaching strategies at Dow Medical College.

ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT by INTERGRATED TEACHING

This new system of integrated teaching comprises of applied knowledge in which the students are taught basic subjects in the usual manner which is later on followed by clinically oriented teaching sessions so as to explain the clinical application of the basic knowledge. This is very beneficial and has really generated great interest among students

IINTRODUCTON / IMPLEMENTATION OF SEMESTER SYSTEM

Semester system has been introduced /implemented from first year to final year MBBS in all constituent Medical Colleges of Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi. This will greatly enhance the teaching standard. In future all practical, viva and clinical examination of Dow University of Health Sciences will be objectively structured.
CLINICAL SKILLS TRAINING

Three years ago the teaching of Clinical Skills was introduced right from the first year MBBS. A Skills Curriculum has been designed for each year and is being implemented phase-wise. For this purpose a dedicated “UNDERGRADUATE SKILLS LAB” has been formed with separate section of Medical & Allied Skills and Surgical & Allied Skills for handson practice by each student.

The Skills Lab has been equipped with the latest training simulators and mannikins as well as videos of all procedures. This will give the students the advantage of having a structured hand on training in all the skills required to deal with actual patients.

The Skills Curriculum is based on the current needs of our own health setting and includes proficiency in essential skills including monitoring vital signs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, common procedural skills, infection control skills as well as the communication skills.

With this added component on hands on training, it is expected that these graduates will be much more competent and effective doctors.

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY TEACHING

Research skills have been introduced for clinical students, Research methodology is taught to them as they will be required to submit research on a topic in fourth year as part of their Community Medicine practical. 25 marks have been reserved for research in the Annual Examination of fourth year MBBS.

PROBLEM BASED LEARNING. (PBL)

Problem-based learning has advantages, therefore, it has been blended with standard teaching of medical students. They are participating actively in these learning sessions. The teaching staff conducting these PBL sessions have been trained in this teaching methodology.

ELECTIVES FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

Opportunity is being offered to medical students of second, third, fourth & final year to do one month elective posting in the field of their own choice, locally or abroad, This has received a very enthusiastic response. It will expose them to a wider range of learning opportunities and their vision will become broader.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Several sport events have been organized and students have opportunity to display their talents in the fields of football, throw ball, basketball and cricket etc.

Provincial Students Convention was held from 6th March to 8th March, 2007 in Dow Medical College in which more than 30 Universities of Sindh participated. This event was held in a befitting manner. Class Picnics are also arranged by Dow University, in which everything including transport, logistics and food is funded by the University.

Every class will be given this opportunity. Sport facilities are also being provided and the selected teams participated in Inter College and Inter University matches. In session 2006-07 the Girls Throw ball team won two major Inter-University Throw ball Tournaments and Girls team also won the First PMA Karachi Inter-Medical Collegiate / University Table-Tennis championship 2006-07. In 2006-07 Session the boys’ cricket and football teams were runner up in inter-university championship. The DUHS girls throw ball team has won the 4th AKU Interuniversity throw ball tournament, for the third time in succession in 2008.

BOYS CANTEEN & COMMON ROOM CONSTRUCTED

Completely new boys’ canteen and common room have been constructed and it was opened on 12th June, 2006. This was the long term demand of male students, who can now enjoy this facility.

NEW ACADEMIC BLOCK

This newly built four storey academic block also has an underground car parking. Special care has been taken in constructing this building in maintaining the previous heritage. Nine lecture halls have been built with all modern teaching facilities which will greatly facilitate small groups teaching. Skill Labs for Undergraduate students has been established in this block.

RENOVATIONS

The academic and administrative blocks are being renovated with the addition of the latest audio-visual equipments, computers and multimedia, besides, a learning resources centre for the students. Medline search and internet will also be available to the students.

RENOVATIONS OF GIRLS HOSTEL, DOW MEDICAL COLLEGE
The Girls Hostel of Dow Medical College has been renovated completely.
INTRANET DIGITAL NETWORKING LIBRARY

Recently Digital Network Library has been established with 100 work stations. This state of the art library will enable the students and the faculty members to update knowledge by having access to twenty thousand medical journals and text books with full text, through PERN Connectivity of Higher Education Commission which has funded this project.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

The Dow University has also finalized a contract with the authorities of KMC sports complex, by virtue of which the students of Dow Medical College will be given the membership of the sports complex so that they can use the facilities of the sports complex even at odd times.

The sports complex will be booked for the Dow University on every Saturday. The various institutions of the University namely Dow Medical College (DMC), Sindh Medical College (SMC), Dow International Medical College (DIMC) and Dental College of Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences (DIKIOHS) on rotation basis.

The Dow University will be paying for this contract of sports complex so as to facilitate the students till the university’s own sports complex and gymnasium is ready in about a years time, Insha Allah.

 

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